DIY’d and gone to heaven – Fresh flowers!

1st diy

 

Via Etsy

Skill level: Beginner

Tools required: Power drill, pen for marking, paint (if using)

Time required: 30 minutes, plus paint drying time 

Thrifty? It was for me! I had everything on hand from the mirrors, to the leather and all of the tools. #hoarder #notaminimalist

Why I love it! Let me count the ways…. Anything geometric has my heart first of all. Plus it’s got all of these beautiful natural elements. Wood, leather, FLOWERS! I also really enjoy the use of mason jars in this look.

How’d it turn out? When I saw the inspiration piece I immediately thought of those little square mirrors that IKEA sells. I just looked them up and they are called Malma.  I personally love the way that my DIY of this project turned out.  My reproduction isn’t exactly like the inspiration, but it was definitely a starting off point. Then I made it fit me better. It also fills a space that I’ve been trying to complete for awhile. That always makes me happy.

Some words of wisdom… Don’t be like me and change your mind 10 times about what you want 😛 At first, I wanted 4 pieces like the inspiration. Then I decided 3 would  look like an arrow, so of course I went with that. I was going to paint them all funky colors, but then I decided that I would get sick of it. I also went back and forth about which leathers to use. Besides the changing of my mind, the project was actually really easy. I drilled a few holes for where I wanted to tie the leather through. Painted one of the mirrors. Bing, bang, boom. Easy peasy.

Resource:  I went through 3 sites that had this posted, but after some searching it looks like it belongs to this Etsy site that is currently closed down.

End result 

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I used to be a nerd

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Did I say “used to be”? Ok so maybe I’m still a nerd, but I’ve evolved a bit. The nerdiness that I’m talking about today is all about quotes. Please don’t judge me.  😊 When I was about eleven years old I became fascinated with quotes. I loved how I could find words poetically penned that held meaning to me and obviously had done the same for others. It bonded me to them. I collected quotes while other girls my age collected lip gloss (don’t worry that caught up with me). I wrote my quotes down on index cards. Which I then alphabetically ordered by the quotes subject. See?! #totalnerd.

Nowadays I don’t keep my quotes filed. Well, not exactly. I use Pinterest and it’s there for me when I need a little inspiration in my day. Sometimes I just need to read through a few and I feel better. Other times I need to be reminded constantly so I put it on tech wallpapers, print it out and sometimes I even set an alarm that reminds me to get my quote on.

This is one of the many ways that I’ve learned to manage my stress and depression. Depression and anxiety are no joke folks. It’s hard and it’s real but I can take control of a lot of it on my own by choosing what I’m gonna focus on.

All this to say that I’m going to be sharing quotes with you guys once a week. When I can I will offer it as a printable.

As shown above, today’s quote is:

“This is the beginning, of anything you want.”

It comes from song lyrics, the song of which I had never heard until today! I was researching where it came from and I found the song – it is BEAUTIFUL! Take some time and listen to it.
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Sloan’s quiet book

Sloan's Colors Quiet Book

I love making presents for people whenever possible. Adults are a lot harder because they usually want something specific or that is outside my DIY realm. Littles are by far the easiest to make homemade gifts for!

This little quiet book is one that I made for my niece Sloan when she turned 1. I love that she can practice her colors and shapes with this book. The shapes can all be lifted off, so it starts out with the shapes on a page near the back. She c an then move them to the correct corresponding page!

She is already almost 2 years old and I never got pictures of her with it, yikes! We took some time  playing with it last week and I snuck a few photos. Since I get to watch these two nieces once a week it wasn’t too hard. Getting my daughter and her older sister to leave her alone while she played with it was another story!

Rainbow and Red page

On the first page I made a simple rainbow shape out of (most of) the colors of the rainbow.

On the second page I sewed a rectangle of red and cut out a simple apple shape.

Orange and Yellow page

On the third page I sewed a rectangle of orange and cut out a little fishy shape.

On the fourth page I sewed a rectangle of yellow and cut out a fun sun shape.

Green and Blue page

On the fifth page I sewed a rectangle of green and cut out a leaf shape.

On the sixth page I sewed a rectangle of blue and cut out a butterfly shape.

Purple and object page

On the seventh page I sewed a rectangle of purple and cut out a little flower shape.

On the eighth page is where all of the shapes can live if they aren’t on their color coordinated page.

Crayon and Note card page

At the end of the book I added a half pocket for some blank index cards and an insert for 4 crayons. Miss Sloan loves to scribble so I knew this would be a hit. I hope that they can get some use out of it when they go out to eat or just need some peace and quiet!

A little about how I made it:

The book is almost entirely made of felt. The only other materials used were ribbons for the binding. I made the shapes by hand drawing the simplest objects possible and cutting them from felt.  I added velcro to the shapes so that they could be moved around.  To make the pages I used four large pieces of felt folded in half rather than 8 pages. This decision was made because I’m lazy, so I chose the easiest path possible.  After I got the permanent details sewn onto each page (the colored rectangles and velcro) I used a zig zag stitch along the edges to sew the pages together and finish it off. I made 2 button holes in the center of each double page and fed the ribbons through to tie it off. Prior to sewing the pages together I added the pocket for the index cards. The last thing I did was add crayon holders at the end of the book by sewing a few small lines on a pocket to separate each of them. It looks a little wonky but Sloan has never complained! 😉

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Hey guys! Nice to meet you..

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I’ve been working on getting this blog here going for awhile. It’s time to give up on being ready and especially on trying to make things perfect lol. While I truly hope that I can share things here that will inspire others I need this for me first.

I’m not going to get into it now but I lean towards depression unless I actively fight it. I have a wonderful life and I am so grateful for everything that I have and all that I have experienced.

Here’s a little bit about me – some random and some not

  • I’m 32 years old
  • I’m in love with pumpkin ANYTHING
  • My husband and I got married 46 hours after engagement 
  • When I was a kid I ran into the corner of a wall and had to get stitches on my forehead. Then a week or so later I did it again and had to get stitches  again. I have a scar like Harry Potter but not nearly as cool.
  • My favorite color is purple but I don’t use it in home decor and only have a few purple tops.
  • I graduated high school a year early
  • I have a beautiful, sassy 2 year old girl named McKenna 
  • There is no understanding people who don’t like chocolate
  • When I was a kid I was painfully shy. I hid under my bed for an hour once when my mom invited her friend and her friends daughter over so that I wouldn’t have to hang out
  • My dream car is a burnt orange 350z (which I owned at one time – oh how I miss that car)
  • I wasn’t a big TV person until I had my daughter. At which point I started binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu while breastfeeding. 

Obviously there is a lot more to me than just this stuff but it’s a start! I am still working on getting things ready but hopefully things will be up and running before I know it! Thanks for checking me out!

 

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